[rescue] Emulators

David Brownlee abs at absd.org
Tue May 13 13:57:47 CDT 2014

On 13 May 2014 18:29, Earl Baugh <earl at baugh.org> wrote:

> > (Not trying to take anything away from the above - I think its pretty
> cool,
> > and while I prefer Open Source I think a mixed market is a good thing :)
> >
> > Tangential thoughts:
> >
> > If someone has some cycles to spare it should be easy enough to put
> > together a *nix VMware image with a nice selection of emulator: simh,
> qemu,
> > tme, gxemul, hatari, aliasdos, atari800, b-em, p11, openmsx... etc
> >
> > Alternative automating the build of as lightweight as possible OS wrapper
> > around an emulator image.
> >
> > Rather than VMware maybe something which could be deployed as a cloud
> box,
> > with ssh into the VM image linking to the emulated machine's console
> port.
> >
> > Want to deploy a virtual VAX into a free amazon cloud instance? Here you
> > go.
> >
> > Damn... now I'm almost interested enough to start poking.
> >
> > If I built one would anyone else want to play with a copy? :)
> If I could netboot from it,  I'd play :-)
> But of course, I'd need a local copy for that... it has to be on the same
> subnet.

"Tell me more..." :)
What OS/hardware combinations would you want to netboot from it, and would
you just want to netboot install ramdisk type setups or full remote disk

I know someone put together an x86 CD/USB image to provide an turnkey
install server for Cobalt NetBSD on mips based Qube/Raq boxes, so there is
definitely prior art.

> Still sounds like a great idea!  There is a Mac emulator out there as
> well..

Are we tending towards the lean single use box, or the kitchen sink
approach? Given the relative size of the emulators and modern disk space
the latter might make more sense...

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